U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulates the nation’s civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment. The NRC has a long history of transparency and openness by involving the public in their regulatory process. In order to maintain this level of collaboration, the NRC depends on their information management (IM) systems to collect, store, and deliver the documents to engage stakeholders at all levels. To meet this challenge, the agency accumulated many systems, tools, and repositories to support a variety of IM needs.

Why This Matters To You

Now more than ever, the question of the safe and secure use of nuclear materials, especially in commercial nuclear power reactors, is at the front of the public’s attention. Multiple stove-piped systems create an environment in which staff lose time locating and reconciling information from different content repositories. This slows down the regulatory oversight and decreases the public confidence in the Agency’s management processes.

Additionally, the diverse technical environment leads to escalating operations and maintenance costs with the increasing age of the IM systems and their hand-coded customizations and interfaces. In order to free up financial and staff resources for modernization, a segment architecture effort was launched.

How We Helped

Phase One provided segment architecture subject matter expertise to tailor the Federal Segment Architecture Methodology (FSAM) to provide streamlined processes and artifacts to complete the IM Segment. The IM segment effort created a holistic perspective for the modernization of the existing enterprise content management platform, managing records in a more automated fashion, and developing a shared services model to promote IM services to enterprise-wide use for the NRC to achieve reusability and cost containment. The segment architecture recommendations included increased standardization of technologies, limiting customization of COTS products while strengthening checkpoints within the “select, control and evaluate” CPIC process for associated content management systems. Phase One coordinated with key stakeholders at all levels within the NRC to ensure the completion of the segment blueprint. The segment blueprint was a major input to the strategic planning activity within the enterprise content management program.